Tag Archives: Hornsby

Trove Tuesday – Frederick John Thornton

Found recently on Trove is the death notice of  Frederick John Thornton of Burdett Street Hornsby who passed away 70 years ago today.

It appears that there is a new property at 1 Burdett Street but perhaps there are still some members of the Thornton family living in our Shire.


1946 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 12 September, p. 16. , viewed 11 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27910244

1946 ‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 12 September, p. 16. , viewed 11 Sep 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27910244

Trove Tuesday – Christmas Eve

It would be interesting to compare these 1914 numbers  with today’s.


1914 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 3 January, p. 8. , viewed 04 Dec 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85960310

Trove Tuesday – Waddell Wedding

Celebrated in Hornsby 113 years ago.  There are still members of the Waddell family in the area today.


1903 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 29 August, p. 10. , viewed 09 Aug 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85687598


Trove Tuesday – Quiet Wedding

Have you searched Trove for reports of your ancestors’ weddings? This report from 1903 yields some valuable genealogical information about Hornsby People.


1903 ‘Hornsby.’, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 – 1950), 9 May, p. 12. , viewed 11 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article85689735


Trove Tuesday – A Brave Cubmaster

Were your Hornsby ancestors in this group?


1927 ‘FIRST HORNSBY WOLF CUBS.’, Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 – 1938), 2 February, p. 2. , viewed 11 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169144765

Article Text:

After a trip lasting a month a party of Wolf Cubs under Cubmaster C. L. Ward has just returned to Hornsby. The ages of these lads ranged from nine to twelve years. Whilst in Tasmania they visited Mount Wellington, the Salmon Ponds, National Park, Russell Falls, New Norfolk, and the Derwent Valley. A week was spent at Eaglehawk Neck, and visits were made to Port Arthur,the Blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman’s Arch. Launceston was also visited, the Gorge andhydro-electric works leaving a great impression with the boys. The party consisted of 14 Wolf Cubs, three Scouts, and four Rovers, including the cubmaster.


Easter Camp at Hornsby

What was happening over Easter in the Hornsby area  100 years ago?

Read on:


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1900 ‘EASTER MILITARY TRAINING. THE AUSTRALIAN RIFLES AT HORNSBY.’,The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), 16 April, p. 6. , viewed 24 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14306016

Above is the first paragraph of an article that appeared in the Herald. A full transcription follows:

The Easter camp of the 6th Volunteer Infantry
Regiment (the Australian Rifles) is situated on the
rifle range, Hornsby. It is about one and a half
miles from the railway station, and is reached by
means of a bush track after following the Galston –
road for a mile. The site is a delightfully healthy
one, deep gullies bordering on each side, and the
trouble taken in reaching the spot is fully compensated
by the natural beauties of the landscaps and the
cuuntry freshness of the air. The city men must feel
the benefit of the four days’ continuous training on
the heights of Hornsby. The weather has been
splendidly bracing, and has enabled the men to carry
out their work in a characteristically vigorous
There are about 350 men in camp, the local
company (F) occupying the place of honour for
attendance, with a total of 93 rank and file.
The four headquarters companies have the fol-
lowing field states:-A Company, 52 men , B Com-
pany, 42 men ; C Company, 50 men , and D Com-
pany, 46 men. The Goulburn Company (E) sent
down only 35 men, and the band and buglers, num-
bering 23, with th3 staff officers, make up the com-
The camp is well laid out and properly trenched.
Altogether there are 42 tents and marquees. The
cooking arrangements are good, whilst the quality of
the rations supplied has given general satisfaction. A
few extras in the shape of butter, treacle, jam, &.c. ,
have made the meals more enjoyable.
The troops marched in about half-past 10 on
Thursday night, and it was not till nearly 1 a.m.
that the sounds of revelry had ceased. The reveille
woke the camp before 6 a.m. on Friday, and a
” breaking-in” parade was held before breakfast,
sufficient to give the men an appetite. The forenoon
was devoted to company and battalion drill, prin-
cipally in extended order, under the various officers.
In the atternoon sectional attack practice, the annual
field firing, and running practice at disappearing
targets engaged the attention of the four head-
quarters companies. The rifle range was the scene of
operations, and the men advanced firing at distances
from 800 to 300 yards. About 50 rounds of ammu-
tion were fired per man, and the scoring sheets
showed that the shooting was of a good order of
merit. The remaining companies completed their
musketry on Saturday morning.
The regiment had a stiff day’s training on Satur-
day, and the majority of the men were pretty well
knocked up on returning from tramping through the
thick scrub and along sand tracks, climbing
” kopjes,” descending deep gullies, and manoeuvring
generally in the wild country of the Kuring-gai
Chase. There was plenty of excitement, however,
the march ot nearly 20 miles being full
of incident and pleasant anticipations of
the sham fight to be. Captain Chuck left
in charge of D and F companies at 9 a.m. for
Apple Tree Bay, some six and a half miles distant,
to represent an attacking force advancing via Cowan
Creek to seize the railway at HornsbyJunction. The
defending troops consisted of A, B, and C com-
panies, under Major H. Passmore, and they departed
an hour later to take up a defensive position five
miles from camp. The invading force commenced
the attack about noon, a half -company of F being
sent out under Lieutenant Salmon to execute a flank
march on the defenders’ left. The other half of F
company, under Lieutenant Crane, was despatched to
drive in their right, whilst the balance of the at-
tacking force proceeded to deliver a frontal attack.
Owing to the roughness of the country the two
forces did not perceive one another until within 200
yards. Lieutenantt Crane’s half-company first dis-
covered the defeending troops, and fierce volley firing
at close range resulted. In accordance with ‘ ‘in-
structions ” the defenders were to gradually letnu on
their main position. This was done, and the final
assault was delivered in great style about 4.30 p.m.
Captain Cook (acting-adjutanat),who was sole um-
pire, cousidered that the attack had failed in its ob-
ject, in as much as th main attacking body did not
arrive in time to deliver the simultaneous assault
with Lieutenantt Salmon, thus giving the defending
troops time to retire and find excellenent cover in the
gun pits and trenches which they had thrown up
earlier in the day. The whole force marched back to
camp about 6 p m , the band enlivening the men on
the way with »minde music.
Yesterday morning Lieutennant-Colonel F. A.
Wright M.L.A., the officer commanding, paid a
visit of inspection to the camp, and appeared to be,
well satisfied with the manner in which the camp
was being conductd. The culonet is not sufficiently
recovered from his recent accident to assume active
comnand and this has devolved on Major Passmore
who is ably insisted by Captain Cook.
Church parades were held in the morning at the
local C.E. and R.C. churches, and were well
attended. The band played the troops to the troops to tbo
chapels. In the afternoon the men took things easy,
as orders has been given that all were to prepare to
leave the camp at 10 p m. to take up a position some
miles past Hornsby to prevent the advance of the
Scottish Rifles from Rhodes to Pearce’s corner. A
sham fight was expected early this morning between
the two regiments, after which they will entrain at
Hornsny at midday to attend the G O.C.’s big in-
spection in the Centennial Park at 4 p.m.